The Regulation of Cannabis (Marijuana) Due to Artificial Intelligence

In many nations around the world, ownership of cannabis is a federal crime. Countless individuals each year partake in its distribution for monetary gains, and end up arrested or in court regretting their decisions. But while these individuals are captured, many more remain free from the hands of law enforcement. They stack up on profits, and as the years go by, take ownership of a massive role in the economy - one that is primarily negative in the viewpoint of the government. Fortunately, however, artificial intelligence is emerging as a factor to regulate this distribution of cannabis, and aid law enforcement in capturing these individuals both strictly and efficiently.

Most would find it surprising AI can be used in this way, with criminal justice benefits more so than those of technology. But in reality, these two merge together. Specifically with AI, the identification for cannabis plants is facilitated. Testing the environment and observing conditions of cannabis growth, AI can identify hub spots for this plant, and potentially limit or affect the quantity illegal growers are able to produce of cannabis, while also helping the legal growers in the medical field.

CEO and Director of CROP Corp, Michael Yorke, claims “The use of AI in sensors and high-definition cameras can be used to keep track of and adjust multiple inputs in the growing environment such as water level, PH level, temperature, humidity, nutrient feed, light spectrum and CO2 levels. Tracking and adjusting these inputs can make a major difference in the quantity and quality of cannabis that growers are able to produce. AI also helps automate trimming technology so that it is able to de-leaf buds saving countless hours of manual labor. Similarly, it can be applied to automated planting equipment to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of planting. And AI can identify the sex of the plants, detect sick plants, heal or remove sick plants from the environment, and track the plant growth rate to be able to predict size and yield.”

In addition, AI can maximize the efficiency of cannabis-detection equipment. In serious circumstances, such as evaluating individuals’ luggage at airports to detect any cannabis, AI can facilitate the process by identifying the plant right as the individuals enter the building. The widespread reach of AI is almost indefensible for individuals with criminal intentions.

This detection can also benefit legal cannabis retailers. At times, the government can get mixed between legal retailers and illegal retailers. The identification process can be spoofed or twisted by illegal retailers to give a deception that they are legal. Thus, many of them just barely get away with distributing cannabis for an unfair profit. AI, however, may offer a tracking system for cannabis and its path as it is sold in a nation, as well as if state-by-state regulations are being followed strictly. Each cannabis deal can have its own official AI encryption that proves it is a legal deal - and one without this encryption can be identified to be illegal at an almost surefire rate.

Unfortunately, there do exist the problems of compliance by legal AI dealers. This process of detection may be quite expensive, and in order for it to work properly, each legal cannabis dealer must approve of it for their business as well as understand its technicalities and language to further provide defense against illegal dealers. However, it is vital that these AI dealers take charge in supporting this mission. While the automation of the cannabis businesses will be beneficial to their brand, the benefits may launch towards the entire industry of cannabis. More and more individuals will lose their previously held fear towards purchasing cannabis as the industry becomes more regulated, safe, and balanced.

In the end, this development is only in its beginning stages. As AI technology advances through the years, it is more than likely that the relationship between cannabis and AI will become more connected and supportive with heavy mutual benefits. Without a doubt, entrepreneurs are beginning to find this process more promising, and may eventually offer heavy investments to legal businesses purchasing AI for cannabis distribution. It may achieve its own technological revolution in the future as well - as AI has no limit, the industry may not as well.

Yousef Khan